Speaking more broadly, Nevill underlined how the movie and television industry “is absolutely not balanced” when it comes to gender and inclusion, and therefore doesn’t reflect society as a whole. She added that a drive to improve and completely change this was both economically and absolutely crucial.
“I think in a way it’s one of the most frustratingly difficult things to make change. So I’m a leader, my job is to make change and to make things happen — and with inclusion, you can’t just flick a button and do one thing.”
Steps are being taken in the U.K., as elsewhere, to combat this. In February, the BFI and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) teamed up to launch new guidelines to tackle harassment and bullying in the sector. The organizations will introduce a confidential support line in April to help those who work in the industry, while working with industry partners to provide advice and training.
BFI also has its own “Diversity Standards,” which means that if groups want funding from the BFI, then they have to implement diversity in front of and behind the camera, as well as within the story itself. So for this CEO, it’s about changing the industry’s outlook on how to approach and embrace inclusion.
“It’s about changing an entire mindset, it’s about changing a whole attitude,” Nevill said. “It’s actually about lifting blinkers and seeing the world in a different way.”
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